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Houston Symphony: power outage at Jones Hall affects Steve Tyrell concert


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Steve Tyrell and Friends ended concert with a-capella sing-a-long

Stage crew temporarily trapped in freight elevator

HOUSTON (March 14, 2014) – On Thursday evening, almost two hours into the Houston Symphony’s one-night-only concert with Steve Tyrell, the lights went out. Emergency lighting in the auditorium came on, giving Tyrell an opportunity to shine in a “show must go on” moment: Tyrell, his band and featured guest vocalists continued performing acoustically, encouraging the audience to sing-a-long, for another 15 minutes to the delight of patrons. The power came back as the audience was departing.

Symphony personnel along with staff from Houston First Corporation and 5-Star Events led the audience out of the hall without incident. Houston Symphony Executive Director and CEO Mark C. Hanson was on hand with others at the front door to address exiting audience members, apologizing for the surprise and inconvenience.

“I was very impressed that Mr. Tyrell continued to entertain our patrons, even in the dark,” said Hanson. “The crowd stayed and really seemed to get a kick out of the impromptu show!”

The cause of the outage remains unknown and the power supply continued to be spotty during the night with another outage occurring after 10:30 p.m., temporarily trapping two members of the stage crew in the freight elevator backstage.

About the Houston Symphony

During the current 2013-14 Season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its 100th year as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. In the upcoming 2014-15 Season, the orchestra begins its next century under the direction of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Watch Video about Andrés), the organization’s first Hispanic music director and 15th overall. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $30.7 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 713-224-7575.

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